Sunday, October 19, 2003

news on the Lori Haraldsen front... (Oct '03)

Actually, I am now Mrs. Lori Tisdale!!!

Here's the quick run down of how it all happened... but first I want to tell you that I found my perfect accomplice! For the last few months Lee and I have been planning a surprise... we eloped on 9/29/03... and painstakingly kept it a secret until this last Saturday night (10/11/03). What torture it was for me to not exclaim with giddyness that I'd gone off and gotten hitched!

Details... When my best friend Stephanie called me a few months ago and asked what I wanted for my 30th birthday... I told her I just wanted to have my friends all around me (one piece of the puzzle put together). It was our intention to fully surprise everyone. I filled in the family
when I was on vacation with them last week up in Oregon. And our friends we surprised at the birthday party Stephanie put so much effort into! (Thanks girly - you're the bomb!)

Anyhow, we moved forward with our secret wedding plans... we found the rings, made our reservations for hotel and wedding chapel (don't worry - we didn't do the drive thru wedding in a convertible and there was no Elvis involved!), and attempted not to lie to family and friends too much along the way. Oh, was it hard to keep all of this excitement to ourselves all this long! And please forgive me for having to tell some little fibs along the way ... it was all in love...

The night of the birthday party rolled around and we had it all set. We surprised everyone when we were all gathered in the living room... and I apologized for being such a horrible friend over the past few weeks (you know - distracted, telling "lies", etc). And told them that I felt bad for having to keep secrets from them. And slowly stated that Lee and I wanted them all to know how happy we were that they could join us for the evening because we had a special announcement! We had become husband and wife... SURPRISE!

After the disbelief wore off and the tissues were passed around we moved forward with something very special that we wanted to share with our friends - our public commitment to each other. We asked our friend Eddie to be our unofficial Officiator for the evening. He walked us through reading our vows to each other and exchanging our rings together. It was a perfect night... it really was. We couldn't have asked for anything more... except for maybe a slightly bigger house so that we could've invited everyone in our world to join us for this happy

Anyhow... YAY!!!!!

This has all been so much fun to plan and share with everyone! But most importantly I'm so glad we finally found each other and were ready to commit to forever at the same time. Love to you all.... thanks for celebrating this fun time with us!

Lori and Lee Tisdale

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Turning 30! (Sep '03)

Events of the past twelve months in my life... events of my last year in the "twenty-something" range...

(By the way, this wasn't written for the intent of reminding everyone about my upcoming 30th birthday ... it was written out of my own personal reflections about life at this stage of my life. However, I do expect you to celebrate with me this milestone... we're as young as we feel... aren't we?!)

I've fallen in love - My photography business has been more active than ever before - I've travelled to different cities and states - My parents moved to Oregon - My grandparents moved to Oregon - My brother married Jody (the best thing that has ever happened to him) and he moved to Dallas - My best friend moved to Seattle - My roommate and great friend bought her own place and moved out - (Which makes me wonder, am I that tough to live with?!) - A few friends have unexpectedly lost their lives - Some have brought new little bundles of joy into the world - Some of the students from my youth staff days have gotten married and had children - Some of my photos have been published - Just like everyone else I've had to deal with the fears of our country being in a war w/ Iraq - I've refinanced my house 3 times - I've been intrigued by something every day - I've fought and lost to the weed attack in my backyard - But I have been successful in growing lavendar, wysteria, tomatoes and kept a lime tree alive back there - I've proven that I have somewhat of a green thumb (I'm still learning that you must water often) - I've tried to figure out why the state of California is having a recall and then who is the best candidate for my vote - I've met new people - And have had to say goodbye to old friends due to changes in life - My boyfriend and I have gone on spur of the moment road trips - We have laughed a lot together - We have both learned to trust again - I have grown - I have regressed - God has been by my side each day - I wear more dresses now - I've rejoiced with friends and their successes in life - I've reached out to others and been reached out to as well - I've found a new favorite mexican restaurant - I've put over 40,000 miles on my car - I've relaxed by the side of the pool - I've stressed myself out over renovations at my house - I've chipped away at the long list of movies I missed while they were in the theater - Strangers have flirted with me - I've gone to concerts - I've gone dancing - I've karaoked - I've made contact with old friends - I entertain regularly in my home - My boyfriend buys me flowers - I've made changes in my life - I've stood up for the things I need and taken care of myself more than in the past - I've been antsy from time to time - I've learned to relax more - but mostly I've learned to be even more content!

I've learned that in life there will be failures and successes. Take the failures, the hurts, the pains - and work through them. Learn from them. Ask yourself "What can I take away from this?" and then move on. Take the successes and the joys and the celebrations and enjoy them with the people in your life that matter the most. Create successes and go for it if there's something you want to do. What would it hurt to try and be successful?

I've learned that it is possible to completely trust someone with the private details of your life. I've learned that each day can be really fun and full of surprises if you don't attempt to control it as much. But most of all... I've learned that enjoying where you are in life is more fulfilling than the pursuit of happiness.


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